In Memoriam - Triangle Volume 83, No.2
IN MEMORIAM - WINTER 2011-12
Robert G. Holbrook, Tilton, N.H., Aug. 17, 2011. Holbrook served as a link trainer for the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He then embarked on a career in banking, starting at the Mechanics Savings Bank in Manchester, N.H., and spending much of his time at the City Savings Bank in Laconia, N.H., where he served as treasurer, executive vice president, and trustee. He was an executive with a number of commerce-based community organizations. Holbrook retired in 2009 after 44 years as the city treasurer and 24 years as a state representative. He was active in his church and enjoyed model trains, stamp and coin collecting, photography, antiques, and art, and even owned and operated the Holbrook Gallery in Laconia. He was predeceased by his first wife, Alyce, and is survived by his wife of 25 years Helen, two children, two stepchildren, a grandson, a great-grandson, and several step-grandchildren.
Leonard D. Charpentie, May 28, 2011.
George C. Lazar, Penn Hills, Mo., July 25, 2011. Lazar served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He devoted his 41-career to the YMCA, working in Bridgeport, Conn.; Kansas City, Mo.; Pittsburgh, Pa.; and Washington, D.C., where he was a senior vice president. Lazar also directed the YMCA’s National Youth Governors Conference. He was active in his church. He leaves his wife of 61 years, Dorothea, two children, and two grandchildren.
Edward Athinson Brandt, July 9, 2011.
Ralph Lawrence Mabie, April 5, 2011.
Fred O. Bryant, June 6, 2011.
James S. Bosco, March 24, 2011.
Russell W. Hamilton, Pepperell, Mass., Aug. 5, 2011. Hamilton served during World War II, earning five Bronze Battle Stars, a Purple Heart, a Presidential Citation Medal, a European African Middle Eastern Service Medal, a French and Belgium Croire de Gavine Medal, and a Good Conduct Medal. He went on to teach physical education and coach basketball, baseball, cross country, track and field, and golf at Pepperell and Chelmsford (Mass.) high schools. He was later the athletic director at Tahanto Regional High School in Boylston, Mass. Hamilton was involved in the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3291 and his church, and enjoyed golfing and spending time with his family. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Evelyn, two sons, five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
James Renwick McGaffin, Saco, Maine, July 12, 2011. McGaffin served in the U.S. Army during World War II, earning a Purple Heart, a Bronze Star, and other citations. He taught and coached three sports in Dexter, Maine, before spending 27 years at Thornton Academy in Saco. There, he taught, coached baseball, football, and basketball, and served as athletic director and head of building and grounds. He was inducted into the Thornton Academy Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007. McGaffin enjoyed golfing, playing shuffleboard, and visiting with his children and grandchildren. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Marilyn, four children, eight grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.
Stephen M. Bresett (G’71), June 10, 2011.
Joseph Marshall, May 21, 2011. Marshall was an inductee in the Springfield College Athletic Hall of Fame.
Robert Paul Sinderman, June 22, 2011.
Franklyn G. Warren, Danbury, Conn., June 11, 2011. Warren worked at the New York Life Insurance Company from 1953 until his retirement in 1996. He leaves his wife of 57 years, Rita, two children, six grandchildren, and one grandchild.
Charles H. Morison, Pawtucket, Conn., May 25, 2011. Morison served in the U.S. Army. He worked most of his life in the wire and cable industry, first at Davis Standard and Sterling/Davis Electric, and then at his own Morison Enterprise. He was a charter member of the New England Wire Club, a recipient of the Charles D. Scott Award for achievements in the industry, and a lifetime member of Wire Association International (WAI). Morison leaves his wife, Jane, and four children.
Herbert Silander, Providence, R.I., Aug. 4, 2011. Silander served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II, fighting in the Battle of Iwo Jima. He spent his career teaching American history, social studies, and world civilizations at the high school and junior high levels. He was also a Fulbright fellow in 1963, teaching American history in Finland. Silander loved sports as a competitor, coach, and spectator, particularly of basketball. He also coached baseball, soccer, and track and field, and competed in cross-country skiing and road races, including many marathons. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Ella, three children, and three grandchildren.
Daniel Leviton (G), May 13, 2011.
Thomas Michael (G’62), Centerville, Mass., July 13, 2011. Michael devoted his career to education, first working his way up the ranks in Enfield, Conn., where he eventually became principal. He was later appointed as superintendent in Burlington, Mass. He was inducted into the Wells-Southbridge Athletic Hall of Fame, where he attended school. Michael was involved in his community and enjoyed golfing, history, the arts, and spending time with friends, his Hy-line colleagues, family, and his dog Lillie. He leaves his wife, Mary, daughters, and three grandchildren.
Philip H. Moore, July 17, 2011. He is survived by his wife, Mary (Wilson) ’61.
Katherine (Bruce) Wertheimer Bloomington, Minn., May 8, 2010. Wertheimer was a gifted stained glass artist, an ardent naturalist, and a lover of bright colors. She is survived by her husband, Tony, her daughter, two grandchildren, and her former husband and friend, Richard Jaenicke ’60.
John R. Lilly (G), Springfield, Mass., July 22, 2011. Lilly served in the U.S. Army during World War II, and earned the Asiatic Pacific Theatre Campaign Ribbon and the American Theatre Campaign Ribbon. He taught in South Egremont, Mass., and Springfield, then served as principal in several Springfield schools. He was a member of the North Adams State Teachers College (now Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts) Athletic Hall of Fame, and was active in many volunteer, athletic, and educational organizations. He enjoyed golf and even scored a hole-in-one. Lilly was predeceased by his wife of 47 years, Helen, and his longtime companion, Bernice. He is survived by three children, seven grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
James Haddock, March 31, 2011.
Arthur J. Haley (G), March 9, 2011.
Carol (Martling) Leete, Coventry, Conn., June 30, 2011. Leete worked at the Hun School, a preparatory school in Princeton, N.J., for 17 years before returning to Coventry. She enjoyed spending time with her family, animals, gardening, cooking, and creating art. Leete is survived by her husband of 50 years, David, three children, and five grandchildren.
Jeff Sadowsky (G’67), Richmond Heights, Ohio. Sadowsky was a retired executive for the YMCA, and was a mentor, coach, self-taught carpenter, plumber, electrician, and generous man. He was a state champion wrestler in high school and a New England champion wrestler in college. Sadowsky leaves two children and five grandchildren.
Richard M. Taylor (G), Highland Springs, Va., Aug. 21, 2011. Taylor spent time in Denmark, Sweden, Spain, and Bermuda before settling in Virginia, working as a locksmith, policeman, firefighter (for 20 years), and a rehabilitation counselor and psychologist for the Bermudan government. Upon retirement, Taylor was a substitute teacher and bus driver. He volunteered at the Crossover Health Clinic and was an advocate for organ donation. He is survived by many close friends and extended family.
Edward W. Senko Jr., Springfield, Mass., June 29, 2011. Senko leaves his sister, a nephew, and several cousins.
Kenneth G. Sibley (G), East Longmeadow, Mass., Aug. 8, 2011. Sibley was a licensed clinical social worker for Massachusetts Rehabilitation Counseling, Children’s Study Home, Greater Springfield Senior Services, and Western Massachusetts Hospital, all located in Western Massachusetts. He was also the director of social work at Springfield Municipal Hospital and was a medical social worker for the Chicopee Visiting Nurses Association. Sibley also served on the advisory board of social work education at Western New England University. He is survived by his friend, companion, and partner, Jack Goodsell, and many close relatives and friends.
Daniel F. Cronin, South Hadley, Mass., Aug. 8, 2011. Cronin was a chaplain at Noble Hospital in Westfield, Mass., and later, at Heritage Hall in Agawam, Mass. He was also a self-employed landscaper. Cronin is survived by his wife, Christine.
Walter D. Clark, Ayer, Mass., June 29, 2011. In addition to serving as an attorney and legislative aide, Clark spent his career in higher education, first as the director of admissions at Middlesex (Mass.) Community College and then as the dean of enrollment management and judicial affairs at Roxbury (Mass.) Community College. A gifted writer and lecturer, he often spoke on cultural diversity, a subject near to his heart after having grown up biracial in the South Bronx in the 1960s. His book Backbones, Broken Bones, and Character chronicles his experiences. Active on many institutional boards, Clark was most proud of his participation on the New England Chapter of the College Board and the National Council on Black American Affairs. He is survived by his wife of 18 years, Kim, three children, and his father, Hugh.
Christine Ellen (Pirog) Wallen (G), Manchester, Conn., Aug. 5, 2011. Wallen was an elementary school teacher in the Enfield (Conn.) Public Schools for more than 30 years before her retirement. She was a member of the Enfield Teachers Association and the Manchester Historical Society, and was active in her church. Wallen loved animals and supported many animal charities. She leaves her brother and a loving extended family.
John A. Weldon ’78 (G’85), Springfield, Mass., July 6, 2011. Weldon served during the Korean War. He was a second lieutenant in the Springfield College Department of Public Safety until his retirement. He also led film criticisms for the College’s Learning in Later Life program. Weldon was a political activist, attended the March on Washington and heard Martin Luther King Jr. deliver his “I have a dream” speech. Weldon also lobbied Massachusetts state legislators for gay rights. He enjoyed movies, reading, and was active in his church.
Lynne A. Mardoc, South Glastonbury, Conn., July 19, 2011. Mardoc was a wedding and portrait photographer and enjoyed the outdoors, modern dance, ballet, animals, and the arts. She leaves her father, Vincent, two brothers, four nieces and nephews, and many friends.
Eugene R. Costantino (G), March 5, 2011.
Steven O’Neill, Annapolis, Md., Aug. 19, 2011. O’Neill worked in sales for Stanley Doors and Carolina Door Control. He enjoyed being with his family, vacationing, spending time at the beach, boating, fishing, skiing, playing golf and volleyball, and rooting for the Philadelphia Eagles. O’Neill is survived by his wife, Susanne, and five children.
Jerome Drane, June 10, 2011.
Arthur Burton Rood, West Barnstable, Mass., July 9, 2011. Rood’s enjoyment of talking to people led to a successful career in sales. He eventually ran his own business, Xtreme Promotions Ink! He focused his too-short life on his family, friends, and home. He took pleasure in his children’s sporting events, landscaping his yard, traveling, and coaching baseball. Rood also had a passion for the beach. He leaves his wife of 22 years, Sharon, and two teen-aged sons.
Matthew J. Hurlock, Coventry, Conn., July 6, 2011. Hurlock taught physical education in the Coventry Public Schools, most recently at Nathan Hale Middle School. He coached boys basketball and girls volleyball at Coventry High School, winning four conference championships with the former and turning the latter into a state powerhouse. He was named the High School Coach of the Year for Girls Volleyball in 2008 by the Connecticut Sports Writers Alliance and the Girls Volleyball Coach of the Year in 2010 by the Connecticut High School Coaches Association. He is survived by wife, Julie, and two young children.
Kevin C. Woodman, Haverhill, Mass., Aug. 7, 2011. Woodman was a police officer and member of the Massachusetts and Groveland police associations. His passion was football, and he was involved in the Haverhill Recreation Department, the Haverhill Touchdown Club, and was the youth football league director from 2004 until he died. He spent much of his life coaching youth of all ages, and recently received the Community Spirit Award from the Haverhill Recreation Department for his work. Woodman leaves his wife of 21 years, Darlene, four children, and two grandchildren.
June A. (Sissy) Belton, Springfield, Mass., June 29, 2011. Belton spent the last 17 years as the registrar in the Parent Information Center for Springfield Public Schools after spending her early career as a hair stylist. She was devoted to her children and enjoyed watching them play sports. She also enjoyed scrapbooking. Belton leaves her husband, Thomas, three children, two grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
Elizabeth (Olejnik) Hebert (G’98), Greenfield, Mass., July 8, 2011. Hebert served in the U.S. Air Force before embarking on a career as a social worker supervisor at Clinical & Support Options in Greenfield. She was active in her church and enjoyed hiking around the country and world with her husband. Hebert also enjoyed gardening, cooking, and reading. She is survived by her husband of 15 years, Stephen.
Kristin L. O’Connell, Manchester, Conn., Aug. 23, 2011. O’Connell was a psychiatric assistant at the Rushford Center in Connecticut and was studying nursing at Capital Community College in Hartford, Conn. She enjoyed helping others and spending time with her nieces and nephews. O’Connell leaves her parents, James and Barbara, three sisters, several nieces and nephews, and many close friends.
Ruth A. Waite, West Brandywine, Pa., Aug. 13, 2011. Waite served as the secretary for Springfield College Director of Athletics Edward Steitz for more than 20 years before retiring in 1976. She then moved to Pennsylvania with her family, where she put her creative and artistic talents to use helping to design their home. Waite enjoyed reading, gardening, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. She leaves her husband of 65 years, Richard, two children, and three grandchildren.